Colonialism and its Aftermath

TWT Call For Papers

Tamar Island by Danielle Thompson

Danielle Thompson, Tamar Island, 2008
Medium Lightjet Print
Exhibited size 20 x 20 cm,
 edition of 10,
 Copyright owned by the artist

Call for Papers


February 6–7, 2014,
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania

A two-day symposium to explore Tasmanian travel writing and journeys in Tasmanian literature

Keynote and Guest Speakers:
Prof Tim Youngs, Director of Nottingham Trent University's Centre for Travel Writing Studies; AProf Richard White, from the University of Sydney; and internationally renowned author Robert Dessaix.

Submissions are invited for papers that examine travel writing about Tasmania and other journeys in Tasmanian literature.

Possible topics may include: 

  • Tasmanian journeys in fiction,  non-fiction, film and poetry.
  • Exploration, early settler and convict  narratives
  • Encounters with Indigenous Tasmanian  identities and histories
  • Indigenous travellers in Tasmania
  • Dark tourism and travel  
  • Encounters with 'wilderness'  
  • Fictional, cinematic and poetic journeys  through Tasmania
  • Constructions of 'Britishness' in  Tasmanian travel writing
  • Representations of 'home' and  'Australian-ness'  
  • Destinational authenticity
  • Travel journalism

Please send a 300 word abstract, including a brief biographical note, to the Centre for Colonialism and its Aftermath ( by 2 December 2013.      

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This symposium is  supported by: